Monday, June 17, 2024

Good Times! The Monkees Finish at Number 8 Chart Debut with New Album, Beat Adele, Prince, Ariana Grande


All hail The Monkees.

In pure sales– CDs and digital downloads– the 50 year old group beat Adele, Prince and Ariana Grande this week on the charts.

The Monkees’ new album– “Good Times!”– sold a little over 24,000 copies and finished at number 8 for the first week on the charts.

They added about one thousand streams and finished at number 15 when streamed play was counted in according to

For one week, “Good Times!” was number 1 on the bestsellers. They’re at number 3 now as Paul Simon’s new “Stranger to Stranger” and the Broadway “Hamilton” score moved up to 1 and 2.

At the Monkees show last week at Town Hall, Micky Dolenz told me: “I’ll be happy to make the top 40.”

The number 8 finish is quite an accomplishment. It also means that Monkees fans, who are older, wanted to own the album not just passively listen to it on their phones. The royalty rate is higher for actual sales, too, than for streaming.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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